The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Presents the American Symphony Orchestra
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, at 8 p.m. The program features Joan Tower’s Stroke; Erkki Melartin’s Concerto in D Minor, for violin and orchestra, Op. 60 (1913), with Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Dongfang Ouyang ’15; and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with a preconcert talk by Christopher H. Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $25, $30, $35, and $40. Call 845-758-7900 or visit the Fisher Center website at fishercenter.bard.edu to purchase tickets or for further information.
The final concert of the 2013–14 series takes place on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, featuring Johann Strauss’s Emperor Waltz, Accelerations, and The Blue Danube; Julius Conus’s Violin Concerto, with Zhi Ma ’15; and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.
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About the Performers:
Leon Botstein Conductor
Recognized as much for his visionary zeal as his performances, championing masterpieces unfairly ignored by history and creating concert programs that engage the head as well as the heart, Leon Botstein recently celebrated his 20th year as music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. He is also artistic codirector of the SummerScape and Bard Music festivals, which take place at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry. He is also conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003–11. He has been president of Bard College since 1975. Botstein leads an active schedule as a guest conductor all over the world, and can be heard on many recordings with the London Symphony (their recording of Popov’s First Symphony was nominated for a Grammy), the London Philharmonic, NDR-Hamburg, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Many of his live performances with the American Symphony Orchestra are available for download online. The Los Angeles Times called 2013’s Los Angeles Philharmonic performance under Botstein “the all-around most compelling performance of anything I’ve heard all summer at the Bowl.” Last season he also conducted the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Venezuela and Japan, the first non-Venezuelan conductor invited by El Sistema to conduct on a tour.
Founded in 1962 by legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra continues its mission to demystify orchestral music and make it accessible and affordable to everyone. Under music director Leon Botstein, the ASO has pioneered what the Wall Street Journal called “a new concept in orchestras,” presenting concerts in the Vanguard Series at Carnegie Hall curated around various themes from the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, and unearthing rarely performed masterworks for well-deserved revival. The ASO appears at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in a winter subscription series as well as at Bard’s annual SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival.
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About The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Named for the late Richard B. Fisher, the former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees, the Fisher Center has become an influential force in performing arts programming, earning critical acclaim for innovative productions of opera, orchestral, chamber, dance, and theater programs. The Center was designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry and distinguished acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and has received international praise for its breathtaking architecture and superb sound. Each summer the Fisher Center presents the Bard SummerScape festival, eight weeks of performing arts programs reflecting the life and times of the featured composer of the esteemed Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 25th year. Fall and spring seasons include original productions, special one-night-only concerts, and touring artists from around the globe. The Fisher Center is home to the Bard College Theater & Performance and Dance Programs, providing students access to exceptional theater facilities and opportunities to work with professional directors and dramaturges on publicly attended productions throughout the year. Live Arts Bard, a residency and commissioning program, is a laboratory for professional artists in theater, dance, and performance to test ideas and develop new projects, many of which premiere at the Fisher Center. The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Bard College Music Program stage regular orchestral and chamber concerts.
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